by Tim Regan — November 25, 2015 at 2:55 pm 0

A local pharmacy will close its doors on Connecticut Avenue after more than 30 years in business.

Tshiffely Pharmacy, located at 1330 Connecticut Ave. NW, is slated to close on Dec. 18, but not because of financial troubles, said pharmacist and co-owner David Toth. The building the pharmacy is housed in will be renovated soon and the drug store’s owners decided to let their lease expire, he explained.

Toth said he will continue doling out prescriptions at the pharmacy’s other two locations on 19th Street and K Street.

“We decided to combine everything into the other two stores,” he said. “One of which is a block and a half away.”

Though Toth didn’t know what would move in once the pharmacy closed, he speculated it would “probably be a bagel place.”

by Tim Regan — November 19, 2015 at 10:00 am 0

A deli and buffet frequented by the downtown office lunch crowd will close its doors for good tomorrow.

TJ’s Deli, located at the corner of 14th and L streets NW, will shut down after 15 years in business, an employee at the store said.

Though the employee did not say why the deli was closing, the shop in recent years has gained competition from a Jimmy John’s and a Dunkin Donuts that may have helped contribute to its demise.

It was not immediately clear what might replace the deli.

by Andrew Ramonas — November 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm 0

Mount Pleasant is getting a holiday pop-up shop that will have alligator shoes, mid-century modern furniture and other vintage goods for sale.

The store from D.C.-based R. Bernard Estate Liquidators is slated to begin its temporary run on the second floor of 3165 Mount Pleasant St. NW Sunday. It is scheduled to shut down Dec. 22.

From the R. Bernard Estate Liquidators website:

Season’s Greetings! R. Bernard Estate Liquidators invites you to visit our holiday Pop-Up Shop for a unique shopping adventure. We often wonder what dealers and collectors have tucked away; well here’s your chance to come and shop from a selection of very fine and unique treasures. This is where you want to shop for yourself and that person who “has everything”!

We have a great selection of men’s and women’s vintage clothing: mock turtle necks, Italian knits, Sansabelt, and more. We have designer handbags, alligator shoes, select pieces of mid-century, Rosewood Asian curio, custom African rockers and statuary, a table from Roche Bobois, an excellent selection of cuff links and vintage jewelry, beautiful antique tapestries, a great selection of handmade rugs, wall hangings by Harris Strong, fun and fine pieces of art, also a wonderful selection of lanterns, clothes, baskets, jewelry and more from our host, Boveda Tribes. Unique shopping for unique people!

The store only is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. It’s closed on Thanksgiving.

Photos via R. Bernard Estate Liquidators

by Andrew Ramonas — November 12, 2015 at 3:15 pm 0

A Mount Pleasant gym dubbed the “anti-SoulCycle” is planning to move to a new location in the neighborhood within weeks.

Fit 360 at 3220 17th St. NW is slated to move about four blocks south to 3058 Mount Pleasant St. NW on Dec. 5.

Previously the home of a 24-hour laundromat, the Mount Pleasant Street space will have the same TRX suspension training rubber bands, weights and other exercise equipment as it does on 17th Street, but with more room, said Chiara Richardson, who runs the gym with her fiance, Brian McGee. Fit 360’s current space is 1,700 square feet, 800 square feet less than 2,500 square feet the new gym will offer.

Fit 360 won’t lose its 24-hour access for members when it moves, either. It also will continue to have private and group classes for students of all athletic abilities — just no spinning.

A sign advertising the new gym promises “no candles,” a staple of SoulCycle’s workouts on stationary bikes.

“We are about total-body wellness,” said Richardson, who called Fit 360 the “anti-SoulCycle.” “We have something for everybody.”

by Andrew Ramonas — November 10, 2015 at 1:35 pm 0

A two-year-old gym in Shaw has moved its metabolic conditioning, suspension training and other fitness programs less than a block south from its original location on 9th Street.

The new space for Reformation Fitness opened Sunday in two converted row houses at 1218 9th St. NW, only 100 lunges away from its old location at 1300-1302 9th St. NW, a gym spokesman noted.

The 1218 9th Street location can hold up to 50 students, spread out across two floors of private and group studios. The space also has changing rooms and lockers.

Reformation Fitness offers metabolic conditioning using weights known as kettlebells and TRX suspension training with rubber bands, as well as power yoga, Pilates and other exercises. In the near future, it also will have spinning classes, a first for Reformation Fitness, co-owner Misook Issa said.

“We are at a point where the program needs to grow,” she said.

Founded in 2013, Reformation Fitness has several classes every day for people of various skill levels. Students can sign up for sessions online or just walk in.

The gym’s group classes range from eight to 12 students in size.

Photo of students via Instagram/Reformation Fitness

by Andrew Ramonas — October 27, 2015 at 11:40 am 0

(Updated at 3:15 p.m.) Adams Morgan is about to get a little saucier.

Red White and Basil, which bills itself as a “fresh & saucy pasta bar,” is slated to open at 1781 Florida Ave. NW “very soon,” but “not today,” a representative of the eatery tweeted this afternoon. This morning, a sign on the restaurant’s door indicated that the eatery’s opening was planned for today.

It wasn’t immediately clear what exactly the Italian restaurant will serve once it opens in the former Hans Pedr’ Kaffe space. A Red White and Basil representative wasn’t available to comment this morning, and neither the eatery’s website nor its Facebook page has a menu.

A liquor license application filed last month only said the restaurant will serve “freshly-made pasta as well as beer and wine.”

The eatery can hold tables for 17 diners inside and 20 people outside.

by Tim Regan — October 22, 2015 at 12:45 pm 0

Glen's at The Shay, photo via .facebook.com/GlensGardenMarketGlen’s Garden Market has moved a step closer to opening its new location in Shaw.

The Dupont-based business has applied for a liquor license application for its forthcoming location at The Shay (1924 8th St., NW). According to the application, the new Glen’s aims to serve local beer and wine in a “communal eating space.”

Glen’s owner Danielle Vogel said at an ANC 1B meeting three weeks ago that she hopes to open the new location some time next month.

In May, Vogel told the Washington City Paper that employees at the forthcoming Glen’s would sling $4 beers and freshly prepared salads, sandwiches and entrees alongside locally sourced groceries.

“It’s going to feel more like a bodega,” Vogel told the Washington City Paper. “You’re going to be completely enrobed by the bounty of the region.”

The new Glen’s will also include a large beer garden and sidewalk cafe with seating for 51 people.

Photo via Facebook.com/GlensGardenMarket

by Andrew Ramonas — October 22, 2015 at 11:30 am 2,272 3 Comments

The Dirty Goose

A new bar catering to the LGBT community might open on the U Street corridor in the coming months.

The Dirty Goose is slated to open at 913 U St. NW this spring, co-owner Daniel Honeycutt said in a brief interview today. The bar will have multiple floors, including a roof deck, he said. It also will serve brunch.

The bar, which has a tagline of “Birds of a Feather Drink Together,” is within a block of gay club Town Danceboutique and Nellie’s Sports Bar, which often holds LGBT events.

by Tim Regan — October 21, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

600 T Street NWAt this point, saying “a new bar is in the works in Shaw” is more or less like saying “the sun may rise tomorrow.” So it should come without surprise to learn that — shocker! — another bar might soon open in the neighborhood.

A public hearing notice for a liquor license application shows that the owners of a new bar identified under the trade name “600 T” seek to set up shop at, where else, 600 T Street NW.

According to the application, the bar would serve “light snacks, chips and nuts” alongside drinks in a space with seating for 25 and a total occupancy of 31.

The bar’s owners seek to serve alcohol until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

We were unable to reach the bar’s listed contact, Jean Claude Garrat, by phone earlier today. Though little is known about the planned business at 600 T Street NW, a PoPville reader traded rumors in July that a bar was slated to open in the building’s basement.

Photo of 600 T via Google Street View

by Tim Regan — October 8, 2015 at 12:35 pm 0

Lettie Gooch Pop-up 2U Street boutique Lettie Gooch will have a new life in Shaw.

Though the boutique announced in August it would close its doors at 1517 U St. NW and host a weekend pop-up store in Union Market, the store announced today it will be back at The Shay (8th St. between T St. and Florida NW) in November.

“We’re so excited to unpack our bags and settle back into the neighborhood where we began in 2006,” reads the press release. “We are making big plans to celebrate our Shaw homecoming and reopening with YOU!”

When it opens in the mixed-use development, Lettie Gooch will join businesses such as Warby Parker, Kit and Ace, Glen’s Garden Market and Compass Coffee.

Photo courtesy of Lettie Gooch

by Tim Regan — September 30, 2015 at 11:30 am 0

2100 Connecticut Avenue NW, photo via Street ViewA planned sushi restaurant is one step closer to opening near Adams Morgan.

A public hearing notice for a new liquor license application appears to show that the restaurant, Sushi Ogawa, is planning to move in soon at 2100 Connecticut Avenue NW.

According to the application, the restaurant would serve “traditional Japanese sushi and washoku sushi in addition to fish and vegetables” with seating for 56 people.

PoPville noted that the forthcoming restaurant had installed a sign roughly one year ago.

The restaurant’s listed contact, Yumiko Stegner, was not immediately available to comment, but Sushi Ogawa appears to have a Twitter account advertising a fall opening.

Photo via Google Street View

by Tim Regan — September 21, 2015 at 1:30 pm 1 Comment

A new cafe is now open on U Street.

Amsterdam Cafe and Lounge opened for business last week in the former Indulj space at 1208 U Street NW.

Co-owner Belay Abere told Borderstan last week that he wants the eatery to be more low-key than the once-notorious Indulj was.

“We’re concentrating more on the cafe than the bar,” Abere said. “We hope people are looking forward to a nice coffee shop where they can bring their laptops, sit down and be comfortable.”

The cafe’s menu includes chicken wings, burgers and sandwiches — all $10 — and a long list of hot and cold drinks and smoothies. The bar will  also serve cocktails, beer and wine when it receives its liquor license, said Abere.

Additionally, Abere said he will turn the building’s second floor into a lounge area and open a rooftop deck when the bar receives its liquor license.

by Tim Regan — September 17, 2015 at 3:45 pm 0

1781 Florida Avenue NW

Adams Morgan may soon have a new Italian restaurant.

A public hearing notice for a liquor license application posted on the ABRA website shows that a new restaurant, Red, White and Basil, is slated to move in at 1781 Florida Ave. NW.

According to the application, the restaurant seeks to serve “freshly-made pasta as well as beer and wine” with indoor seating for 17 and outdoor seating for 20.

The public hearing notice does not specify which suite at 1781 Florida Ave. NW the new restaurant might move into, but the space that formerly held the Hans Pedr’ Kaffe is still vacant.

The restaurant’s listed contact, Christopher Lynch, was not immediately available to comment, but the forthcoming restaurant appears to have a website and a Facebook page with sparse details.

by Tim Regan — September 17, 2015 at 2:40 pm 0

A Dupont Circle jeweler is expanding into the space next door.

Tiny Jewel Box, located at 1147 Connecticut Ave. NW, is currently knocking down walls and building out the space next door. When the new combined location opens in November, it will span 8,000 square feet and include a grand rotunda, the company said.

Construction crews could be seen working on the next-door space this afternoon.

The new location will carry a variety of brand name watches, including timepieces from Cartier and Rolex. The location will also include a Rolex authorized repair center, a bridal salon, a collectibles shop, and a vintage heirloom boutique.

The company said it will continue to use the five floors above its ground-level retail space for office space, manufacturing, custom design and gifts.

by Tim Regan — September 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

return of The Columbia Room

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The owners behind defunct bar Columbia Room are now one step closer to reopening the popular drinking establishment.

public hearing notice for a new liquor license application shows that the former cocktail bar’s owners seek to set up shop in a space located in the “Gang of Three” building at 1224 9th St. NW.

The liquor license application calls for a total occupancy of 114 with summer garden seating for 40.

Drink Company CEO Angie Salame wrote about the the forthcoming opening in an e-mail exchange with Borderstan earlier today.

“Derek Brown, JP Fetherston and I are reopening the award winning Columbia Room in Blagden Alley,” said Salame. “We’re bringing back our precisely made cocktails paired with snacks and a focus on classics using local ingredients where possible,” she added.

“We are planning a few extra bells and whistles of course, but we are grounded in the same attention to detail and focus on service we became known for,” said Salame.

Though the bar currently has no opening date set, Salame said that they’re shooting to open early next year.


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